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® ® ® ® ® ® ® ® ® ® ® ® What to Collect What we collect says a lot about us—our style, our history, and the moment we live in. So we wanted to know: What’s hot now in the wide, wonderful world of antiquing? Find out what’s hot now in the wide, wonderful world of antiquing. LEATHER WHY IT’S HOT: Although part and parcel with the current passion for all things natural, leather-clad objects have always signaled quality. Collectors today value patina over perfection, preferring leather seating, satchels, and books that show the cracks, stains, and softness of a well-loved piece. HINT: Available at a range of prices, leather-bound books are topping the best-seller list. “There is a high demand for leatherbounds,” says Michael Breddin, co-owner of Leftovers Antiques in Brenham, Texas. COST: “Books by a valuable author or on a popular subject matter can fetch $115 and higher,” Breddin says. “But you can also find leather-bounds for $15.” The pièce de résistance in leather collecting is the French club chair, fetching $4,000 on average. LOVING CUPS AND TROPHIES WHY THEY’RE HOT: We’re drawn to vintage pieces for the stories they tell, and no pieces tell that story more directly than loving cups. “They’re fun,” says Kim Rawlins of Sweet Salvage in Phoenix. “They celebrate everyday life and accomplishments.” HINT: Collectors consider shape, material, and subject matter. “The most popular pieces are etched and have a sense of humor about them,” Rawlins says. “Engraved pieces bring higher prices—because they were earned.” COST: Classic sterling-silver urn-shape cups are the hot ticket, but size also matters. Small trophies can still be found for $30, but on average expect to shell out $100 or more for antique and sterling-silver examples. COMING 05.20.18 MILK GLASS WHY IT’S HOT: This evergreen collectible is spiking in popularity as a new generation discovers its pure white beauty. Milk glass was invented in Venice in the 1500s, but its American heyday kicked off at the end of the 19th century. The opaque glass was pressed into an impressive array of pieces and, despite its name, it wasn’t always white. The hobnail pattern has long been the most popular and most available. HINT: Milk glass was made over several decades and is still made today—so buyer beware. To test a piece’s age, check for a smooth, silky feel. Newer pieces will be grainy. Also hold an object up to the light to look for the “ring of fire,” an iridescent halo that indicates a pre-1950s piece when iridized salts were used in the formula. COST: The sheer breadth of milk glass means there are finds at all price points. Rare McKee animals will set you back $100 to $150; plentiful hobnail florist vases from the 1960s can still be found for a buck. KITCHEN SCALES WHY THEY’RE HOT: Balance the current love affair for industrial, utilitarian pieces with a desire to add vintage charm to a modern-day kitchen, and you’ve got a hot collectible— kitchen scales. HINT: Often made of colored enamel with an attached stainless-steel or enamel pan, many scales were sold by Montgomery Ward or Sears and feature the name prominently on the dial. COST: Scales from the turn of the century that were cast of iron or steel carry a heavy price tag of more than $150. Enamel scales are more available, but their current popularity now has them weighing in at around $100. Look for the Better Every Week section each Sunday LIVE WITH WHAT YOU LOVE Pick up a copy of Country Home® magazine on sale now, or shop TheMeredithStore.com for more design inspiration.